Fall semester has been going for less than a month, but the theater department is already preparing for the first production of the school year.
According to Thomas Parsons, a senior theater major, the department is planning to perform “The Good Doctor,” penned by the Oscar-nominated writer Neil Simon.
“The Good Doctor” is a comedy that follows a writer, based on real-life writer Anton Chekhov, as he relays several stories to his audience. It was first performed on Broadway in late November 1973. The play was performed 208 times, along with eight previews. Its run ended on May 26, 1974, and was well-received with four Tony Awards nominations.
The play requires spot-on comedic timing and a fair bit of quirkiness, and the theater department is more than up to the task. Theatre majors have exhibited their comedic talent in the past, such as Parson’s scatter-brained professor character in “The Mousetrap,” performed in fall 2011. Other senior theater majors including Casey Duke, Leah Thompson and Chris Ambrose have been involved in numerous productions and one-acts over the past few years. Look up any MUW production from recent years, and chances are most or all of them have had a hand in it.
Behind the scenes, the technical side is always a treat for the audience, and the sets do not disappoint. It is always fun to see just what the creative minds of the MUW techies come up with for each production
Auditions took place on Sept. 3. Callbacks followed on Sept. 5. The play will be performed on the second weekend in November (Thursday, Nov. 7, through Saturday, Nov. 9).